Has someone ever demanded you smile when you are having a bad day? Have you ever had to put your feelings to the side to make those around you feel more comfortable? If so, these are examples of emotional labor, the uncompensated work that women and minorities do to uplift those around them everyday. In this groundbreaking, journalistic deep dive, Rose Hackman traces the history of this kind of work and exposes common manifestations of the phenomenon. Timely and necessary, Emotional Labor can help empower you to make change in all aspects of your life.
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An urgent look at emotional labor.Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play and national bestseller Find Your Unicorn Space
A sharp, incisive exposé, a rallying cry that demands we acknowledge and value the hefty invisibilized work shouldered by the least privileged among us.Bernice Yeung, author of Pulitzer Prize Finalist In a Day’s Work
I will be distributing this book to all the people in my life. May this labor be seen.Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez, author of For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts
Hackman peels back the layers hiding the hard work at the heart of what makes the world hum. A poignant call to action.Chelsea Conaboy, author of Mother Brain
Hackman gives us a bracing wide-angle view of the many hidden theatres of emotional labor.Arlie Hochschild, New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award finalist Strangers in Their Own Land